Samvaad | संवाद
A Conversation of Melody and Rhythm
Hindustani Classical Concert
Titled as “Prince of Violin” Indradeep Ghosh, is one of the premier Violinist and one and only Hindustani Classical Violist (Bass Violin) of India and a trailblazer for Maihar Gharana. He is an “A” grade artist of All India Radio and Television. He initially started playing violin at the tender age of six under the guidance of Sri Anamitra Mustafi. He has been under the tutelage of Professor Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury since
1991. He also had the privilege of getting training with different maestros of Indian Classical Music including Pandit V. G. Jog and Pandit Kumar Bose. He is gifted with a unique creative musical ability, which can be seen in his performances. They can range from sweet and soothing to fascinating and thrilling, while showing excellent bow techniques and melodies. Indradeep is one of the few Indian Classical violinists to play a custom made five-string violin with eight sympathetic strings, modeled after the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. The sympathetic strings allow for a fuller, resonant sound. His performances integrate many different styles and techniques of Western Classical and Eastern music. His style of playing can be described as a blend of Gayki and Tantrakari Ang with his fortes being taan and jhala. Along the years, Indradeep has participated in several music festivals and concerts of India and abroad. Indradeep also collaborated with western musicians such as Grammy Winner Kora player Mama dou Diabate, world famous rock band drummer Steve Smith and Jazz Organ Monster Tony Monaco to name a few. He has to his credit many Classical and Fusion Music albums. He is the only Indian Violinist to release first-ever commercial VIOLA (Bass Violin) album titled “Tribute to Miyan Tansen on Viola”. He has also contributed to the album, Melodic Intersect: One Vision, which won the Akademia Music Award in January 2016 from Los Angeles.
He is the Artistic Director for Global Creative Arts Academy (GCAA), Houston, Texas and serves as a faculty instructor at School of Indian Percussion and Music, Austin, Texas. In 2019, he is appointed as “International Cultural Ambassador” by Alliance Clubs International. He has created several new Ragas like Ganapati, Indradhanush, Hamsavahini and Gurushree which gained enormous appreciation, popularity and positive
feedback from his fans and Global listeners. He has served as Consul General and Chancellor General for South Asia by International Commission of Diplomatic Relations Human Rights and Peace which is an Inter-
Governmental Organization of UN DESA; He also served as Goodwill Messenger of Peace, Arts and Culture, Chancellor, South Asia by International Special Court of Arbitration and Human Rights which is an Autonomous Arbitrations Institution of the UN-IGO, ICC-ICA and ICJ. Through Global Creative Arts Academy, City of Houston has recognized his contribution for promoting Indian Classical Art and Culture in Texas and honored him with a proclamation stating October 15, 2017 as Indradeep Ghosh Day.
Shri Kuntal Roy is a senior disciple of the legendary tabla player and teacher Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He
traces his musical roots to his teachers in the earlier phase of his training namely, Shri Radha Raman
Nath and Shri Narayan Chandra Haldar. He has performed across the world and his performances have received high accolades from renowned maestros. His tours have given him opportunities to interact and collaborate with great musicians, composers, choreographers from different countries and to appear in a number of music albums. He has played with many fusion and world music artists and continues to compose his own music as well. Kuntalda also had the rare honor of being chosen for the Building Bridges project to perform in different countries with many accomplished musicians from Nigeria, Switzerland and Uzbekistan, where musicians from diverse traditions collaborated to improvise new compositions based on their national music traditions. Melody, clarity and precision are some of the characteristics of Kuntalda’s playing. Kuntal Roy is a dedicated teacher with students around the globe including many in Seattle area. He enjoys passing on the knowledge to dedicated students and has also given numerous workshops to students of Indian music and dance in worldwide.
For Kuntalda, music and life are inseparable. Rhythm is his quest of truth and beauty – it transcends all
the other priorities in his life.
Tickets & Showtimes
Saturday Oct 21, 4pm-7pm
Eastside Bahai Center, 16007 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008